Jacob Mergendoller's 11 (#15, photo insert lower right) first career goal, coming in the 77th minute, and five saves from rookie keeper Adam Purdy '13 (#30, main photo) in his first career start, helped the Cardinals come away from Little Three rival Williams with a 1-1 overtime tie. It was the season opener for both team Sat., Sept. 12.
After a scoreless first half, Williams wasted little tie breaking the deadlock, netting a goal in the 50th minute. About 15 minutes later, Williams had a player benched for his second yellow card, leaving the Ephs playing with 10 men. Wesleyan was able to break into the scoring column 15 minutes thereafter, taking advantage of a corner kick which stayed near the Ephs net. Geoff Zartarian '11 sent a pass to Mergendoller and he found the back of the net to make it 1-1. The teams went the remaining 33 minutes of play with no further scoring.
Purdy made two of his five saves in the second overtime segment to preserve the tie. It was only the second time in the last 21 meetings between the Little Three rivals that Williams has not emerged victorious. The other came in 2005 when Wesleyan captured a 1-0 decision in a NESCAC tournament semi-final game.
Ahead for the Cardinals is the home opener Wed., Sept. 16 against Springfield. The game is slated for a webcast and details for watching the contest are available on the athletics home page under "webcasts."
(photos courtesy of Peter Stein '84)